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Issue 99, August 2018
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National Review of Registration
Each state and territory across Australia has their own teacher registration authority. Despite being separate entities, these authorities work together to achieve national consistency in the registration of teachers. This benefits teachers by improving their mobility nationwide and through the application of consistent standards and processes to achieve full registration. 
Together they also ensure that registration is part of a wider framework for teacher career progression and professional learning guided by the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST). The registration framework is currently being examined by a panel of experts as part of the National Review of Registration. The panel has been consulting with a broad range of stakeholders to look at the consistency of teacher registration processes across the country, identify examples of best practice and examine how the APST are applied nationwide. Recommendations from the Review will available soon.
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Professional learning opportunities
Journey into a world of Chinese history and traditions with the State Library’s Term 3 and 4 learning programs. These programs complement the international exhibition One mountain, one river, one sage: Treasures from the Shandong Library, opening 7 September 2018 at the State Library. The learning experiences are aligned with the Australian Curriculum and include a focus on the Cross-Curriculum Priority of Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia. Limited spaces! Connections with China: Identity and the Preservation of Culture includes:
  • two workshops - 'From Asia to Australia' and 'From Clay Tablet to iPad'
  • the exhibition, One mountain, one river, one sage: Treasures from the Shandong Library, and
  • a behind-the-scenes peek of your State Library.
Various dates starting 10 September. Full day starting at 10:30am. Suitable for Primary years 5, 6 & 7. Free but bookings essential.
Early Chinese Arrivals: Walkers & Workers in SA, 19 September – 15 November on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday 10:00am-12pm. Suitable for Primary years 5, 6, & 7. Free but bookings essential.
Passion & Participation @ the Centre of Democracy. Until 13 December, 10:00am – 2:00pm. Suitable for Primary years 5, 6 & 7. Free but bookings essential.
To be a Leader @ the Centre of Democracy, 4 September – 13 December, 10:00am – 12:30pm. Suitable for Primary years 3 & 4. Free but bookings essential.
The Australian Science and Maths School is holding the following events:
  • Early Career Teachers in STEM, designed to complement induction programs in schools and aims to provide support for ECT in the early years with particular focus on STEM. Two days available; Friday 14 September or Friday 23 November, 8:30am-4:00pm.
  • ASMS Educator Open Days, the day will include class observations, school tour and questions with ASMS students, sessions with a focus on innovative approaches such as interdisciplinary learning and inquiry pedagogies. Monday 13 August or Thursday 1 November, 8:30am-4:00pm.
Both events are free for Department for Education staff and $100 per session for non-DECD staff. At ASMS, Flinders University, Bedford Park.
Please contact Karla Pobke or go to the ASMS website for more professional learning STEM opportunities.
Learning Difficulties Australia (LDA) is holding Reading & Comprehension Difficulties: research-practice links and applications for the classroom with Dr Kate Nation. At the Education Development Centre, 4 Milner Street, Hindmarsh, 8:45am- 2:30pm, Monday 24 September. LDA member $160, non-member $175, student $75. To find out more and to book click here.
Teaching Entrepreneurial Thinking an online course through the Queensland University of Technology. This course is aimed at teachers and educational leaders who want to improve their teaching practice, and is relevant to most school contexts worldwide. It may also be of interest to anyone looking to support students in learning entrepreneurial thinking. Over four weeks from 22 October – 18 November, 3 hours per week. Cost $324.50. Registration Close at 5pm 5 October. Find out more here.
SHINE SA is the Department for Education’s approved training provider for the Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum (KS:CPC) professional learning. All Department for Education sites are required to provide the KS:CPC to all children and young people from Preschool to Year 12. Staff delivering the curriculum must complete a full day face-to-face training as outlined in the Department’s Policy. Monday 10 September, Thursday 2 October, Wednesday 10 October, Tuesday 13 November or Monday 3 December. At the EDC, 4 Milner Street, Hindmarsh, costs $120. For more information click here.
Learning Journeys is holding the following workshops:
R-7 Educators
  • Discussion for Deeper Learning on Saturday 11 August, 9:00am-12noon. Cost $66.
  • Less Behaviour, More Learning on Monday 20 August, 4:15pm-6:30pm. Cost $66.

Early Career Educators

  • Making Your Classroom Work for You & Your Learners on Friday 24 August, 8:45am-3:30pm. Cost $132.
Email to book.
The Primary Maths Association is holding the following workshops:
  • Stretching STEM in Preschool on Saturday 25 August, 9:00am-12noon.
  • Exploring Measurement R-7 on Saturday 25 August, 9:00am-12noon.
  • Developing Number Sense R-7 on Saturday 8 September, 8.45am-1.00pm.
  • Teaching Calculating Effectively on Friday 21 September, 8.45am-3.00pm .
Sessions start from $66 per participant (inc GST) for members or $55 if you come with a colleague! Non-members start from $88, and membership starts from $0! Membership includes four free professional learning sessions each year. To book click here or email the PMA office for more information.
A two-day Brain Gym®104 the 26 Movements course is being held in Robe on Thursday 6 & Friday 7 September, 9:00am-4:00pm. The $250 early bird fee includes a book and morning tea. Learn 26 Brain Gym movements to reduce stress and allow learning to be easier. Contact Heather Gibbons for more information and to register: or call 0407 978 335.
The Australian College of Educators is holding an evening with Professor Martin Westwell, Chief Executive, SACE Board. The presentation will reflect on the nature of the capabilities and how education strives to prepare students for a world in which AI will have a profound impact on leading, living and working. At Callan Hall, St Paul's College, 792 Grand Junction Road, Gilles Plains. Wednesday 22 August, 5:00pm. To register and find out more information click here.
Gowrie SA is holding the following:
  • Exploring the language of dance and music on Friday 31 August, 9:00am-4:00pm. Cost $150 pp
  • Toilet training – We got this! on Tuesday 28 August, 1:00pm-5:00pm. Cost $130 pp.
  • I’m a Principal: What’s my role in the National Quality Framework? This session has been developed for school principals (where an OSHC or preschool is operating on-site), to understand their collaborative role and responsibilities under the NQF. Wednesday 19 September, 8:30am-11:30am, cost $90 pp. Register here.
  • Perfecting the Paperwork. Learn the correct protocols for reporting incidents, filling in forms and writing file notes. Wednesday 26 September, 9:00am-12:00pm, cost $90 pp. Register here.
To find out more about these workshops or other courses at Gowrie SA click here.
Mind With Heart Australia is hosting Reconnected, 12-hour training for personal wellbeing for school staff and those working with young people. In this weekend workshop, we’ll be exploring mindfulness of body, breath, the senses, thoughts and emotions; mindful movement; cultivating self-compassion, empathy for others and emotional intelligence. An opportunity for practice, self-reflection and friendly dialogue with understanding peers. At the Sophia Centre, 225 Cross Road, Cumberland Park on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September. For more details and to book click here.
Where is the ‘Sweet Spot’ in Mathematics Instruction? A two-day program with Kelvin Sparks, designed to help teachers and school leaders develop an understanding of what the latest brain research means for teaching and learning mathematics. This workshop explores the conceptual nature of mathematics and the role of both teacher-directed and inquiry-based learning in helping students reach deep understanding of the powerful set of coherent and connected ideas that constitute mathematics. What these approaches look like in the mathematics classroom is a central feature of the workshops and participants will experience directly specific strategies for deeper learning of mathematics. Tuesday 4 & Wednesday 5 September 9:00am - 3:30pm, at The Hartley Institute, 54 Capper Street, Kent Town. Find out more here.
Special Education Planning is holding
  • Data Collection: Simple strategies for assessment workshop with Dr Alex Ahlgren, Kate Whitehead & Leanne Longfellow. This presentation focuses on collecting data to inform decision making in the NEP or One Child/One Plan process. On Monday 10 September, 4:30-6:30pm at the Sophia Conference Centre, Cumberland Park. Cost: $50/$60 plus booking fee. Find out more here.
  • Differentiation: Simple strategies for all students. In this workshop, participants will become familiar with some tools for differentiating curriculum content so that all students can experience deeper learning. A system created for the purpose of keeping track of options for differentiation will also be introduced. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with these curriculum differentiating tools in context of the Australian Curriculum. To optimise this opportunity, participants are asked to bring a learning task to differentiate, however examples of learning tasks will be provided. At the Coromandel Valley Community Centre, 5:00pm–7:00pm on Thursday 20 September. Cost $50-$60 + booking fee. For more information or to register click here.
Learning 4 All is holding Executive Function & Working Memory with Learning Keys Director, Helen Broomhall. Monday 3 September, 9:00am-3:30pm at The Highway, 290 Anzac Highway Plympton. Cost $145 pp. For more information and to register click here.
Autism SA
  • Understanding and Supporting the Needs of People on the Spectrum for Counsellors, Youth Workers & Mental Health Professionals. Thursday 20 September, 9:30am–4:00pm, members $175, non-members $185. Autism SA, Unit 1, 57 Elizabeth Way, Elizabeth.
  • Implementing ‘the Incredible 5 Point Scale’ for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum, Wednesday 3 October, 9:30am-4:00pm, members $175, non-members $185. 262 Marion Road, Netley.
  • Positive Behaviour Support Planning and Practical Strategies to Support, Friday 12 October, 9:30am–4:00pm, members $175, non-members $185. Autism SA, Unit 1, 57 Elizabeth Way, Elizabeth.
Find out more information here.
Conflict Resolution Skills for Teachers is a powerful course specifically designed to help you revolutionise your conflict resolution skills so you no longer shy away from conflict resolution. You will acquire and master skills so you can become more confident and successful in resolving conflicts and gaining respect from all people you encounter. This is an online course of 11 modules that you can begin at any time. Cost $97. To find out more click here.
The School Library Association of SA is holding their annual conference School Libraries Connect – Making it Happen with keynote speakers Jenny Luca and Tracey Grice. Themes include: Working with teams, Ingenious literacy, Students with disabilities, SCIS, Copyright and many other connections. At the EDC, 4 Milner Street, Hindmarsh on Monday 10 September, 8:30am-3:30pm. Non-members $100, members $85, students $60. Find out more here.
The Hartley Institute is holding a full-day Excel Intermediate workshop. Friday 31 August, 9:00am – 3:30pm. Cost $220. 54 Capper Street, Kent Town. Click here to find out more.
Lime Tree Literacy has an online Jolly Phonics online course for half price ($22) for the month of August. Half of all registration fees will be donated to Australian farmers via the School Aid Trust ‘Drought Hampers & Hay for HOPE.
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